A preliminary autopsy found that radio host David "Kidd" Kraddick had an enlarged heart and blocked arteries that probably led to an irregular heartbeat, a Louisiana coroner's office said Monday.
Kraddick, 53, became ill during his Kidd's Kids charity golf tournament Saturday outside New Orleans, then collapsed while being driven to an emergency room, said Dr. Granville Morse, a deputy coroner in the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office. The tournament at Timberlane Country Club raised money to send chronically ill and physically challenged children to Disney World.
Doctors at the nearby Ochsner Medical Center campus -- a five-minute drive from Timberlane -- "did really just a heroic effort to resuscitate him," Morse said. "They really pulled out the stops. Unfortunately, they couldn't get him back."
He said the autopsy is not final because toxicology tests are not back, but Kraddick's heart was enlarged by cardiac disease, and three coronary arteries ranged from 40 to 80 percent blocked. Those conditions can lead to an irregular heartbeat and collapse, Mores said.
"We can't prove that (happened) because he didn't have a cardiac monitor on when he collapsed," Morse said.
Kraddick's program, "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning," was based in Dallas and syndicated by YEA Networks to more than 75 Top 40 and Hot AC radio stations nationwide, according to publicist Ladd Biro. He said the radio program also is transmitted globally on American Forces Radio Network, and its cast also is seen weeknights on the nationally syndicated TV show "Dish Nation."
A number of celebrities took to Twitter to remember Kraddick following news of his death. Here are some of their messages:
So sad hearing about my radio brother Kid Kraddick. One of a kind and one of the best at what he did every morning. U will be missed Kidd— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) July 28, 2013
Oh man, I just heard Kidd Kraddick died! He's my childhood dj. What a sad day. His poor family. He was always nice 2 me from the beginning.— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) July 28, 2013
Just heard the news about the passing of Kid Kraddick.....so sad. He was truly one of the good guys in radio, a class act! #RIP— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) July 28, 2013
The sad sad news about Kidd Kraddick is shocking. He will be missed greatly.— joe jonas (@joejonas) July 28, 2013
Just heard about Kid Kraddick so sad he was a great man and did so much for people. You will be missed. So sad— kevin jonas (@kevinjonas) July 28, 2013
Absolutely devastated to hear about the sad passing of Kidd Kraddick. He was always so nice and will be incredibly missed. Lovely man. RIP.— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) July 28, 2013
Very sad to hear about Kidd Kraddick- he was always really kind&supportive-such a big heart. My thoughts&prayers go to his family. Respect.— benji madden (@benjaminmadden) July 28, 2013
Wow. RIP Kidd Kraddick! Blown away! This DJ has always been a HUGE supporter of us! Prayers and love to his family!— Chris Daughtry (@CHRIS_Daughtry) July 28, 2013
Rest in peace, kidd kraddick. Sad news, always had fun talking to him...— Pete Wentz (@petewentz) July 28, 2013
Just heard the news about Kidd Kraddick. I'm crushed. My prayers go out to his family & all who knew and loved him. Great human being.— GavinDeGraw (@GavinDeGraw) July 28, 2013
RIP Kidd Kraddick He was a really fun/smart radio DJ— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) July 28, 2013
RIP Kidd Kraddick. You were an amazing man and a friend. You are already missed.— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 28, 2013